Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Steptoe Street and Gage Boulevard"

Intersection of Stepto Street and Gage Boulevard in Kennewick, WA> 
I was sitting atop this incline, there is a bank behind me so I'm in their parking lot.  It's Tuesday evening, later than the sky here would indicate.  This intersection has caught my eye before, in fact, I think I've sketched it before from another angle.  I continue moving along using this quick-sketch approach trying to capture the energy and expressiveness of the scene.  I keep thinking, one of these days, my drawings will enter the next level.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Lamy Safari pen, Noodler's Lexington Gray ink, and watercolors

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Barnes & Noble" bookstore doorway

#usktc met this morning at our Mall Barnes & Noble bookstore.
This is the mall entrance store front.
Liked the hanging lights.
Gail Roadhouse full time artist
and urban sketcher tri-city 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Columbia Park - Kennewick, WA."

What caught my eye here was the way the light was hitting the bridge behind all the trees in the park. Originally I decided to leave the tree trunks white, but after looking it over, I realized to grab what I wanted of the bridge, the trunks had to be dark.  So there it is, another Wednesday morning out sketching with the Urban Sketchers; Tri-Cities.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, Safari Lamy, Noodler's Lexington Gray, Dick Blick Watercolors.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


After a crazy windy day yesterday everyone ventured out to try some fresh air and sunshine.
We met early at the gallery for a 2 hour Community Sketch day hosted by Kelly Reed and Yichien Copper. Some went to John Dam Plaza some went to Library.  Cassandra Wald and I met at the gallery.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

River Walk Village Richland WA

The #usktc met at River Walk Village to sketch fountain and buildings.
These buildings are next to Columbia Point Golf Course.
They look very European for our region.

Gail Roadhouse 
urban sketcher & 
full time artist.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Lady Washington "sketched out of bounds"

This Wednesday Urban sketchers adventure took us  10 or so sketchers to Pasco Marina for a close up of the Tall Ship called The Lady Washington.  She is grand and the setting was beautiful.  But we were sitting out of bounds on Private Property that had a strange odor.  We knew the property was not vacant but we did not think we were endangering the home owners.  But we were asked to keep off.  That was it we decided to leave with one group picture to share on face book.
I am grateful we all made it back home safe.  Gail Roadhouse full time artist and urban sketcher

Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Mosaic by the River Apartment Complex"

Our group of sketchers settled in at the Mosaic by the River apartment complex in Richland, Wa., to do some sketching together.  This is my take on the apartments. I enjoyed doing this one, as I enjoy trying to capture the essence of buildings and other architectural structures.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mosaic Apartments Richland WA 6 point perspective???

Urban Sketchers Tri-City met today at The Mosaic Apartments really close to the river off of 240 bypass.  It was hot at 98 am but we persevered.  Sweat rolling off all of us.  Not really we were in the shade.  I think this is 6 point perspective.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lizzie & Mollie sketching on THE GALLERY AT THE PARK PATIO

 Art In The Park Saturday 
sketching these too cuties- Lizzie and Molly 
as they sat on the patio.
Gail Roadhouse urban sketcher tri-cities
and full time artist and childrens instructor

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Back At The Blue Bridge"

Back At The Blue Bridge
Kennewick WA
Columbia Park will  be closed tomorrow for Water Follies 2015.
there were a lot of workers getting the park ready for the weekend.
It was breezy and 70 degrees so I opted to paint from my inside my car.
I had to move my car so they could spray paint some lines on the grass.
I just realized I miss an opportunity to look out the window and see me
in my rear-view mirror
Caught up with Marsha Bates then left early.  See you next week???

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Quick Sketching the Upper Floors"

With time to kill prior to a presentation I am scheduled to give at the 5th Annual Triconf Conference, I went to the second floor windows in the Richland Public Library to do a quick sketch of the new construction going on top of nearby Kadlec Regional Hospital.

The real purpose of adding this image to post one that will move our blog up toward the top of USk International blog.  I want to demonstrate this feature on that blog.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Richland Uptown Parking Lot (under a tree in the shade on the sidewalk -Symon Street)

4h pencil colored pencil and sharpie

Urban sketchers met this morning at
The Uptown for our sketching.
I arrived early and sketched
in the shade of a tree.
It felt wonderful and very cool.
Then Yichien drove up and we
went to The Caterpillar Cafe
where Kelly Yichien and I sketched
on pad and cups.
Cassandra and Patty came later and
also sketched.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sketching with the Grands!

Trying to fit in some sketching yesterday at Cannon Beach, OR  I tried to help Avey and Eden with their watercolors first.   Fighting the wind and kids needing attention I finally got in a quick sketch with pencil, ink and a kids watercolor set ;)

"Columbia Center Mall"

The USkTC group met this morning at the Columbia Center Mall food court at 10am.

I have been interested in trying to capture these vaulted ceilings for a long time, so today was my opportunity.

Using my oldest sketchbook (literally, it is 112 years old) for the task, I found a nice location from which to draw (one where I could also plug in my phone), and got started.

At 11:05 it was 95% completed, so I returned to the food court and met up with the rest of the sketchers (six of them) and finished it off.

I used a pencil to get it started, then added the ink. Dark spots are intended to push the background back and bring the middle ground forward. The darks in the foreground to emphasize different color schemes and contrasts.  This was a fun one.